She may seem like one of the most polished and elegant women in the world today, but at age 11, Kate Middleton had no problem portraying a poor flower girl with a thick cockney accent. New footage from the Duchess of Cambridge’s grade school musical from 1993, My Fair Lady, has surfaced, featuring the now 32-year-old in the lead role of Eliza Doolittle.
The clip, originally obtained by the Daily Mail, features the mother of 6-month-old Prince George training to become an upright citizen with the help of Professor Henry Higgins.
The original 1956 musical, based off the George Bernard Shaw play Pygmalion, was later turned into the famed 1964 movie adaptation, starring Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Henry Higgins.
Though it’s not clear how long Middleton’s acting career lasted, she did a bit of modeling at the University of St. Andrews, which was where she met future husband Prince William.
The Palace released a short statement saying William and Kate will be visiting New Zealand and Australia.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit New Zealand and Australia in April 2014.
Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit by the New Zealand and Australian governments.
Further details on the exact dates and itinerary will be issued in due course.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge is to leave operational service in the Armed Forces.
He completes his Tour with the Royal Air Force Search and Rescue Force at RAF Valley, Anglesey, after more than seven-and-a-half years of full-time military service.
He will continue to support the work of The Queen and the Royal Family through a programme of official engagements, both at home and overseas, with The Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duke will work closely over the next twelve months with the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. He will expand his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of endangered species.
The Duke will continue to work with his charities on issues relating to children and young people, veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces. The Duke is currently considering a number of options for public service, a further announcement on which will follow in due course.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George are expected to move into their official residence at Kensington Palace within the next few weeks.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son George Alexander Louis.
The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge.
While the world is watching and waiting with bated breath after Baby Boy Cambridge’s birth, two VIP guests managed to sneak some special one-on-one time with Kate and Will’s tiny bundle of joy on Tuesday, July 23: Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton.
The proud grandparents arrived at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital at approximately 3:04 p.m. London time to visit their daughter and her newborn son. The couple arrived in a black taxi and was escorted into the building; acknowledging photographers briefly before meeting the little prince, both first-time grandparents beamed.
A member of staff was also spotted taking a car seat into the building, possibly in preparation for the royal baby’s departure from the hospital.
“He’s absolutely beautiful,” Carole told the press upon leaving the hospital. “We are so thrilled. They are both doing really well.”
When asked how the first cuddle was with the little prince, Carole smiled excitedly and told reporters that it was, “Amazing. It’s all coming back!”
Neither Carole nor Michael (nor Kate’s younger sister Pippa) were present at the birth of the royal baby, despite initial rumors that the Middleton women would be in the delivery room for the highly anticipated birth.
“Buckingham Palace denied rumors that they were going to be in the delivery room with Kate,” NBC News reported on Monday. “She very much wants just her husband to be there.”
On Tuesday, the first-time parents released a joint statement thanking the hospital for their “tremendous care” in helping to make the delivery a smooth one.
“We would like to thank the staff at the Lindo Wing and the whole hospital for the tremendous care the three of us have received,” they said in a statement. “We know it has been a very busy period for the hospital and we would like to thank everyone — staff, patients, and visitors — for the understanding during this time.”
And on Monday, just hours after Middleton gave birth to a healthy 8 lb., 6 oz. baby boy, proud father Prince William issued a statement that “we could not be happier.”
“Both my wife and I are overjoyed at the arrival of my first grandchild. It is an incredibly special moment for William and Catherine and we are so thrilled for them on the birth of their baby boy.
Grandparenthood is a unique moment in anyone’s life, as countless kind people have told me in recent months, so I am enormously proud and happy to be a grandfather for the first time and we are eagerly looking forward to seeing the baby in the near future.”
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24pm.
The baby weighs 8lbs 6oz.
The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth.
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.
Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well and will remain in hospital overnight.
After many weeks of waiting, the royal baby is on the way. Kensington Palace officials confirmed Monday morning that Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, had been admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London in the early stages of labor.
According to the palace, the Duchess traveled by car to the hospital, accompanied by her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, the grandson of the current British Queen, Elizabeth II.
William and Kate entered St. Mary’s Hospital in central London through a side door early Monday morning, avoiding the world’s media. Palace officials confirmed her arrival about 90 minutes later.
Royal officials said they traveled by car, without a police escort, just before 6 a.m. Kate — also known as the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to give birth in the private Lindo Wing of the hospital, where Princess Diana also gave birth to William and his younger brother, Prince Harry.
The couple’s spokesman said, “Things are progressing as normal,” while Sky News’ royal correspondent Paul Harrison said the Duchess’ condition had been described as “very well”.
“It seems it was a very orderly arrival,” Harrison reported. “There were two vehicles. A Ranger Rover-type vehicle, and behind it there was an Audi vehicle.
“Prince William had said from the beginning that he wanted to be alongside his wife when she went into labor.”
The child, whose gender is unknown, would be third in line to the throne of Great Britain, behind Charles, Prince of Wales, and William.
Representatives of the world’s press had been gathered for days outside of St. Mary’s Hospital. The Duchess’ exact due date had been a closely guarded secret, but the general sense was that the royal baby’s arrival was overdue by at least one or two days.
Protocol requires that the queen be informed about the birth before the general public is told.
Palace officials have said that the first hint will come when a royal aide emerges from the hospital with a signed bulletin carrying the Buckingham Palace letterhead. The bulletin will be given to an official who will be driven to Buckingham Palace, where it will be posted on an easel in public view in front of the building.
It was the exact way officials announced the birth of Prince Charles in 1948 and Prince William in 1982, though this time around the monarchy has moved with the times and added social media as an easier way to reach more people.
At the same time the bulletin is posted, there will be an official announcement on Twitter and the media will be formally notified. The document will give the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.
It could be some time before the baby’s name is made public. When William was born, a week passed before his name was announced. Charles’s name remained a mystery for an entire month.
But it is the baby’s gender that is of particular interest because the prospect of Kate’s pregnancy prompted a change to laws of succession to ensure a daughter would not be passed over for the crown by a younger brother. Boy or girl, the child will be the prospective future monarch.
The birth of a new heir to the throne has been breathlessly anticipated by many Britons since William and Kate wed on April 29, 2011.
Despite a rough start to the pregnancy, when she was hospitalized for acute morning sickness, the 31-year-old Kate made a number of public appearances that were halted only near the end of her term.
Since the duchess has cut back on her royal duties, media outlets have been clamoring for position outside of the hospital in anticipation of the birth, jockeying to secure the best vantage point for filming William and Kate emerging, babe in arms.
Pregnant in the heat! With scorching summer temperatures in effect, Kate Middleton left London’s Kensington Palace for some R&R at her parent’s house in Bucklebury, Berkshire, on Friday, July 12, a source confirms to Us Weekly.
“It was just too warm in Nott Cott,” the insider tells Us, referring to the couple’s Nottingham Cottage residency, which lacks air conditioning. (On Saturday, July 13, England’s highest 2013 temperature of 89.4 degrees was recorded). “She decided to spend the weekend with mum and dad. Much more comfortable.”
Indeed, her parents’ residence boasts a pool, BBQ patio, and many cool rooms to relax in. While the 31-year-old mom-to-be waits to go into labor (her due date was July 11), the insider tells Us that “protection officers are visible from the street.”
While The Duchess of Cambridge cools off in Bucklebury, Prince William and Prince Harry are competing for the Jerudong Trophy at the Cirencester Polo Club on Sunday, July 14, to raise money for his charities Centrepoint, WellChild, Child Bereavement UK. The doting Duke of Cambridge will play on the same team alongside his brother and is prepared in case his wife needs him immediately.
“William is relaxed,” an aide tells Us, adding that a helicopter is not on standby. “Should Kate go in to labor he will go straight to London with a police escort.”
And if she doesn’t? “He will drive to Bucklebury and stay the night at the Middleton’s house with Kate,” the source explains.